Rashan Gary signs his rookie contract

AP

The Packers have both of their first-round picks under contract.

Safety Darnell Savage, the No. 21 pick last Thursday, was the first first-round pick in the league to sign a contract and No. 12 overall pick Rashan Gary became the second to do so. The Packers announced both signings along with those of four other picks with rookie minicamp opening on Friday.

Gary was a highly touted recruit to Michigan out of New Jersey and moved into the starting lineup during his final two seasons with the Wolverines. He had his share of big plays up front, but his production didn’t always match the athletic ability that helped land him in the top half of the first round.

Gary was a defensive lineman for Michigan, but there are plans to use him at outside linebacker with the Packers. There’s also been a report that he may need shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, but Gary said he’s fine after being drafted last week.

In addition to previously reported signings, the Packers also announced that fifth-round defensive lineman Kingsley Keke has signed a four-year deal. Keke had seven sacks for Texas A&M last season.

43 responses to “Rashan Gary signs his rookie contract

  1. Wow, 6 signed now. The Pack may get all 8 signed before the start of practice here shortly.

    #GoPackGo!👏

  2. Not going to predict on this guy, just a little confused…. signed two olb to big fa contracts and then use the #12 on another one? What is the plan here?

  3. “What is the plan here?”

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    It’s called a rotation. You don’t just use 2 edge rushers. You keep sending fresh pass rushers at the offense. Gary also is versatile and will be rushing from the inside of the line as well at times. You can never have enough pass rushers and talented defenders.

  4. trollhater says:
    May 3, 2019 at 12:54 pm
    Not going to predict on this guy, just a little confused…. signed two olb to big fa contracts and then use the #12 on another one? What is the plan here?

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    The plan is to give Aaron Rodgers a great defense, something he’s never had in Green Bay before.

  5. If you give Rodgers a 10-15 ranked defense – my bears and the rest of the NFC should be on alert. As poster mentioned above, he’s never really had a D – in 2010 they were a very opportunistic defense who created big plays even though I think overall they weren’t a top unit if memory serves me correct. Gary was an interesting pick. I figured they would go OL or WR with first pick.

  6. PFF rated Keke as one of the steals of the draft. It’ll be interesting to see if they use him as an understudy to Daniels, who will probably be gone next year. Gary doesn’t have to worry about being one of the focal points of the defense now, and that lack of pressure should help him.

  7. People claiming they knew boards had him as a third rounder and that he is bust know absolutely nothing about any player. If we knew for certainty of any player a guy like JaMarcus Russell would have NEVER been drafted. The draft is roulette. You go with a guy that fits your system, your players, and how they project to be. Anyone saying anything else is just noise and just wrong.

  8. There are legit questions about Gary’s NFL upside potential. If he was a top recruit in the country, why didnt he start till he was a Jr.? Why was his production modest? How real is the labrum injury?

  9. Kinda funny how the Gary pick gets trashed but the Bills picked a DT who had 5 sacks in the Athletic American Conference and was basically invisible for most of 2018 and the media acts like their boy Beane just selected Lawrence Taylor.

  10. Rashan gave all the credit to his agent for getting the deal done so quickly. “I didn’t even bother to read the contract, I have full faith in my representatuve…”

  11. “How real is the labrum injury”

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    Well, since Rashan and MD’s who have seen the shoulder say it “isn’t a labrum injury” and “will not require surgery” I would say not “real” at all.

    Do you really think the Packers would allow Gary to participate in practice this weekend if they didn’t get the word from doctors that the shoulder is not a issue and will not require surgery?

    I realize you are extremely concerned about the Packers and are trying very hard to find any negative about Green Bay to try and calm your nerves, but there is nothing to see here. Sorry kiddo👌

    #GoPackGo!👏

  12. Biggest bust in the draft. Hilarious
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    Almost as hilarious as Viking fans declaring him a bust before he’s even played a down.

  13. The truth of the matter is, God doesn’t make too many men that are 6’4″ and can run a 4.5 fourty. That’s the upside that everybody talks about. Since he was constantly double team while at Michigan, I wouldn’t read too much into his stats because he impacted the game in other ways.

    But the best part is to read all the Viking troll’s draft assessments remembering that T Jackson was a franchise qQ, Christian Ponder was can’t miss and Treadslow is a dominant WR. And somehow among all these draft geniuses, the Vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers not once but twice.

    You’ve got to love the irony.

  14. Do you really think the Packers would allow Gary to participate in practice this weekend if they didn’t get the word from doctors that the shoulder is not a issue and will not require surgery?
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    You mean like how the Packers did not allow Kevin King to participate in practice with his shoulder injury? LOL

  15. There’s also been a report that he may need shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, but Gary said he’s fine after being drafted last week.

    Gary can lie as well as Aaron Rodgers. He is going to fit right in in that locker room.

  16. Rashan Gary’s contract details:

    4 years with a 5th year option

    Total Pay: $15,587,312($3,969,328 APY)

    Signing Bonus: $9,567,136

    Base Salaries:

    (2019) $495,000

    (2020) $1,216,696

    (2021) $1,938,392

    (2022) $2,660,088

  17. And what school did the first D Linemen in the 2019 draft represent…..Ohio State.

    Say it with me one time…..ITS GREAT(it’s great) TO BEAT(to beat) the Michigan Wolverines.

    It’s great(it’s great) to BEAT….the Michigan Wolverines.

  18. Danielle Hunter had a whopping 4.5 sacks in 3 years at LSU, which landed him in the 3rd round. He proved that college production doesnt necessarily equal NFL production.

    Different schemes, different responsibilities, different coaches, a lot of things can factor into stats. Myles Garrett just went on record saying Greg Williams would only allow him to use 2 moves when rushing the QB. He didn’t bother teaching him him anything else, just what he wanted him to use.

    All anyone knows for sure is Gary tested as well or better than anybody at his size of 6’4″ 277 lbs ever has, so hes a great athlete and that shows up on the film. What he lacks is some consistancy and technique because he can run, jump and go toe to toe with anybody physically. He may not yet be a great pass rusher but he has all the tools needed to become one.

    We shall see.

  19. I bet if the Packers converted Rashan Gary to wide receiver he’d catch more passes than Laquon Treadwell did in his rookie year.

  20. He’s going to have to develop more then just be a long arm bull rusher to compete in the NFL. He needs to develop his hands and body bend technique more to go with his strength and speed.

  21. >> flviking says: With a score of “9” yes a nine on the wonderlic, Gary signed with a X <<

    Rashan Gary is dyslexic just like Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Frank Gore, plus an estimated 10% of the population including Rob Brzezinski's son.

    Apology accepted.

  22. “The plan is to give Aaron Rodgers a great defense, something he’s never had in Green Bay before.”

    The 2010 Packers had a top 5 defense according to NFL.com. They were #2 in points allowed with 15 points per game. Top 5 in yards allowed (this is the stat that cellarperformance prefers when it makes the Packer look good – but real men understand that the games are decided by points – not yards).

    Without the defense – the Packers wouldn’t have even made the playoffs in 2010.

    One thing about Packer fans, they know nothing about their team history.

  23. Bas Rutten says:
    May 3, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    Danielle Hunter had a whopping 4.5 sacks in 3 years at LSU, which landed him in the 3rd round. He proved that college production doesnt necessarily equal NFL production.

    Different schemes, different responsibilities, different coaches, a lot of things can fac
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    The Vikings did not risk draft capitol in the form of the 12th pick on Hunter. Low risk high reward for Hunter. High risk for Gary.

  24. minnytrollpolis says:
    May 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm
    And you know so much about Packer history? Please move on troll!!!

    @@@@@@@@@@&

    So triggered, RELAX

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